Rising Strong

Rising Strong is a fantastic book written by Brene Brown. I deeply connected with Brown's book Daring Greatly two years ago, so I knew grabbing a copy of Rising Strong off the shelf was a good decision. This book took me months to finish because the content was dense and thought-provoking. After each chapter, I found myself matching the types of struggles and 'rumbles' she described and worked through to my own life. The process of 'rising strong' described in this book has given me a new perspective on how to work through emotions and courageously rise after struggles. Here are a few other points I underlined for myself to remember:

  • "Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies." - Nelson Mandela
  • I can stop hustling. I can start making decisions that are in line with my values.
  • I got sucked into proving I could, rather than asking if I should - of if I really even wanted to.
  • Stay in your own lane. Comparison kills creativity and joy.
  • [Charles] Feltman defines trust as, "choosing to risk something you value vulnerable to another person's action," and he describes distrust as deciding that, "what is important to me is not safe with this person in this situation (or any situation."
  • We are the author of our lives. We write our daring endings.
  • Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.
  • "The big questions is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure." - Joseph Campbell

(Day 52)